Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs: The Making of a Surgeon

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St. Martin's Griffin
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5.58 X 0.81 X 8.26 inches | 0.61 pounds
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About the Author

Michael J. Collins, M.D., served as the chief resident in orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic and is now a successful orthopedic surgeon. He is the author of the acclaimed medical memoir Hot Lights, Cold Steel. He lives in Hinsdale, Illinois.


"Collins's gritty memoir traces his journey from a grimy construction pit to the hallowed halls of medicine. An engaging read--and a valuable reminder that doctors come from all walks of life." --Sandeep Jauhar, author of Intern: A Doctor's Initiation

"Collins has a poet's soul, whether describing the sunrise through a laborer's eyes or what it means to be human through a physician's. . . . Literary talent produces this fast-paced memoir filled with easy, unforced dialogue and authentic characters from all walks of life." --Booklist

"Collins has a superb ear for dialogue, and his breezy style makes his world spring to life." --Kirkus Reviews

"This is a perceptive, no-frills memoir of a surgeon who succeeded by dint of hard work and brains." --Publishers Weekly

"Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs is a gripping, humane, humorous, and an enlightening read." --Abraham Verghese, author of My Own Country, The Tennis Partner, and Cutting for Stone